2017 Board Election Result

The results of the recent FGLT board elections are now available. 3 board member positions were under consideration – 2 in the over 1000ha category and 1 in the under 1000h category. The voting resulted in a very close result for one of the positions.The final outcome is the appointment of the following for a term of 4 years on the board:

  • Robert Green, Bill McCallum, Ian Jackson


The 2017  FGLT Board meetings are 9 November, 7 December. The members AGM was held on 11 May 2017 - further information and annual report
2018 meetings are set for 8 March, 1 May, 23 August, 8 November and 6 December

2018 Work Programme

The draft 2018 work programme (1.24 MB .pdf) will be considered by the FGLT Board on 7 December. The recommendations on the projects to be funded for 2018 were made by the Levy Trust Advisory Council (comprising FOA/FFA Executive representatives) at a meeting on 22 November. If you have any comments or suggestions please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

What the levy is used for

The levy is used to fund activities defined in the Plantation Forestry Work Plan 2013-2019. Full details of the funding allocation, details of who benefits and an illustration of the proportion of 2017 (budget) $8.6 million work programme expenditure by broad category of activity is is available here.
The Forest Growers Levy Trust (FGLT) is a statutorily endorsed forest industry organisation and was established on 4 March 2013 to manage the proceeds of the newly introduced levy on plantation timber products coming from the forest.  The Trust was not formally established until the Levy Order was issued. It was preceded by the work of the Establishment Board during 2013. Information on the development of the levy and its implemention, including the work of the Establishment Board during 2013, is available here.
The purpose of the FGLT is largely to help advance the New Zealand plantation forestry industry both domestically and internationally.

It is the responsibility of the FGLT to ensure that the money collected under the levy is appropriately invested in areas of research, development and promotion that will further advance NZ forestry here and overseas.

It is the belief of the Forest Growers Levy Trust that working together will make the forestry industry in New Zealand a more profitable, sustainable and safe environment in which to work.

Levy Statistics Data

The levy rate is 27c per tonne for the 2017 year. The sum of 30c per tonne is the maximum levy rate that can be set for any year of the 6 year term until 31 December 2019. The levy rate has remained stable at 27 cents since the implementation of the Levy Order.

Each year the Plantation Forestry Work Programme will be reviewed and a budget for the next year approved. The levy struck for that period may be more or less than the previous year’s levy, but it may not exceed the maximum levy amount of 30c per tonne.

For a levy analysis statistical summary visit Levy Analysis Summary